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Hi I'm Jesse

I'm a medical student, I love people, and I want to change the world. Life is good! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have big dreams of becoming a doctor and making the world a better place. I would love to work with both global health and Native American populations. I took the first steps toward this goal by starting medical school in 2013. I still have a lot of arduous studying and work ahead, but I am very excited a the prospect. My wife and I were married in 2012 and we love, running, hiking, and doing things outdoors. My wife is a huge inspiration to me and our faith in God is an integral part of our relationship and life together. We are excited to have children and raise a family in the near future.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom and dad were the first in out family to join the church. Both were raised Christian and had important moral values taught to them in the home. They joined shortly after being married. I have been going to church since I was small. For me, deciding to continue being a member of the mormon faith was simple. The principles taught in the Mormon church have always led me to feel closer to God. As I follow the counsel of the scriptures I feel purpose and joy in my life. My faith in the Savior Jesus Christ has given me strength to change my life when I feel it is going in the wrong direction and feel forgiven of my sins. My study of the Book of Mormon and Bible has helped me understand what the Savior has done for me and to comprehend God's plan. I know that these wonderful books are true because I have felt the Holy Spirit confirm their teachings in both my mind and heart. For those that are less familiar with the Book of Mormon I would challenge you to read from its pages and think about the principles it teaches. Knowing through the scriptures that my family and I can return to live with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ after this life means everything to me.

How I live my faith

From 2008 to 2010 I served a two year proselyte mission for my church. I paused work, my studies, and everything else in my life to serve the amazing people of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. I worked full time sharing the faith I have in Jesus Christ with everyone who wanted to listen. It was an experience I will never forget. Since returning I have continued to serve in whatever capacity I can while still going to school and working. My wife and I live our faith by trying to put God and his commandments before anything in the choices we make every day. We do our best to have love and compassion for those around us and remember that we are all children of our Heavenly Father.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Jesse
I love the word of wisdom and it is a commandment that blesses my life every day. In order to enhance our spiritual and physical health we have been commanded to abstain from the use of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. As someone really interested in science and healthcare I have learned a lot about how chemicals affect the body and brain as well as how addictions work. Most of us have seen friends or loved ones ruin or end their lives as a result of substance abuse. There is a wealth of information on this subject now, but when the Word of Wisdom was issued in 1833 there wasn't much knowledge about the problems associated with these substances. As someone that has always followed this commandment I can attest that my life has been greatly blessed. The sacrifice of saying "no" at a few social gatherings will never outweigh the blessings of a clear mind and healthy body. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Jesse
There are absolutely no restrictions based on race or color that would keep an individual from joining the church or receiving the priesthood. I am proud to be a Native American from the Blackfeet tribe and my mother and father joined the church while living on the Blackfeet reservation. The church has never discriminated against me or those in my family. The church invites those who are baptized to bring everything that is wonderful about their culture with them so we can all learn and grow from our diverse experiences and life stories. Show more Show less